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SXSW Interactive 2015

Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

The Office for National Statistics is the UK’s largest independent producer of official statistics and is the recognised national statistical institute for the UK. It is responsible for collecting and publishing statistics related to the economy, population and society at national, regional and local levels. It has a website that serves around a million users a month and publishes many of the key statistics that influence the UK economy and politics.
That website has been called “..a national embarrassment.”, “..virtually unnavigable” and "the worst, most important, website in the UK."
This panel will talk about the challenges we faced, the standards we have embraced and what we learned from other official statistics organisations around the world and especially from the open [government] data community.

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  1. What role do official statistics play in the world of open data and transparency?
  2. Who are the users for a statistics website and what do you do when they aren't the same as your statisticians think they are?
  3. What are the UX challenges presenting statistics including complex tabular data and charts etc in a mobile first world?
  4. How do you balance the requirements of a small but influential group of [mainly media and Government] users with the wider needs of users?
  5. How do you navigate through Government procurement processes to actually make this all happen.



Matthew Jukes, Head of Digital Transformation, Office for National Statistics

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  • Tags: government
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Solo
  • Track: Policy and Civic Engagement
  • Track 2
  • Level: Beginner
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